48 days in Ireland, Bushmills & Carrickfergus Itinerary

48 days in Ireland, Bushmills & Carrickfergus Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Wicklow, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Wexford, Ireland
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Skibbereen, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Bantry, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Castletownbere, Ireland
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Tralee, Ireland
— 1 night
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Limerick, Ireland
— 1 night
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Doolin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Galway, Train to Athlone
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Athlone, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Letterkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, take an in-depth tour of 14 Henrietta Street, then browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, and finally walk around St Stephens Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Cliff Walk Car Park Bray, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Killiney Hill, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

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Dallas, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dallas to Dublin. Traveling from Dallas in April, things will get colder in Dublin: highs are around 53°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Wicklow.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Wicklow, Ireland

— 2 nights
Wicklow is the county town of County Wicklow and the capital of the Mid-East Region in Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Greystones Blue Flag Beach. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with Hollywood Horse and Pony Trekking Centre, then identify plant and animal life at National Bird of Prey Centre, then hike along St Kevins Way/Camaderry Short Walk, and finally hike along The Wicklow Way.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wicklow trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Wicklow takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Wicklow can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Wexford.

Things to do in Wicklow

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Wexford, Ireland

— 2 nights
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Wexford online vacation planner.

You can drive from Wicklow to Wexford in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May in Wexford, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 2 nights

Marble City

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Athassel Priory. Kilkenny Castle and Butter Slip will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Cashel (Rock of Cashel & St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard) and Tipperary (Holycross Abbey & St. Declan's Way). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, pause for some photo ops at Kells Priory, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Collegiate Church, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Wexford to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Cork, Ireland

— 2 nights

Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cork vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Cork takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Cork, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Skibbereen.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Skibbereen, Ireland

— 2 nights
Skibbereen, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): head outdoors with Cork Whale Watch, explore the ancient world of Drombeg Stone Circle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Warren Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Michael Collins. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Abbeystrewry Graveyard, get engrossed in the history at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, then explore the different monuments and memorials at St Barrahane's Church, and finally step off the mainland to explore Heir Island.

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Drive from Cork to Skibbereen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Skibbereen sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel to Bantry.

Things to do in Skibbereen

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Bantry, Ireland

— 2 nights
Bantry is a town in the civil parish of Kilmocomoge in the barony of Bantry on the coast of West County Cork, Ireland. On the 11th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Kealkill Megalithic Stone Circle and Standing Stones, make a trip to Carriganass Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Glengarriff Nature Reserve, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Outdoors Ireland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at Albatross Escape Rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Brendan's Church, admire the striking features of Bantry House & Garden, then tee off at Bantry Bay Golf Club, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bantry route planner.

Bantry is very close to Skibbereen. In May in Bantry, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Castletownbere.

Things to do in Bantry

Outdoors · Wildlife · Golf · Tours

Side Trips

Castletownbere, Ireland

— 1 night
Castletownbere is a town in County Cork in Ireland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dursey Island as well as Allihies Copper Mine Trail. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Allihies Copper Mine Trail, step off the mainland to explore Dursey Island, view the masterpieces at The WhiteHouse Gallery and Wine Bar, then take in the dramatic natural features at Healy Pass, then step into the grandiose world of Dunboy Castle and Puxley Mansion, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Dzogchen Beara Daily Meditation Classes.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Castletownbere road trip planning app.

You can drive from Bantry to Castletownbere in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Castletownbere sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Castletownbere

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, then look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Kerry, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torc Mountain Walk, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, try to win big at Killarney Races, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, and finally stroll through The Kerry Way.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Killarney online tour planner.

You can drive from Castletownbere to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Dingle, Ireland

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Relax by the water at Inch Beach and Coumeenoole Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ventry Beach. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmalkedar Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the waterfront at Dun Chaoin Pier.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tralee.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Tralee, Ireland

— 1 night
The pub-lined and music-filled streets of Tralee allow visitors to discover everyday Irish life.
On the 18th (Tue), look for gifts at Belgians Chocolatier.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tralee trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Tralee in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Tralee

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Limerick, Ireland

— 1 night
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Limerick trip maker app.

You can drive from Tralee to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

Doolin, Ireland

— 2 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): go for a walk through Beauty Of The Burren Walks, get great views at Cliffs of Moher, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hag's Head, then take a leisurely stroll along Doolin Pier, then admire the natural beauty at Doolin Garden and Nursery, and finally tee off at Doolin Pitch & Putt.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Doolin planner.

Traveling by car from Limerick to Doolin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Inishmore.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Inishmore, Ireland

— 3 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Dun Aonghasa and Dun Duchathair will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School and Kilmurvey Beach. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, see the top attractions with Inis Mor Horse Carriage tours, get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), and stroll through The Wormhole.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Inishmore trip itinerary builder site.

You can ride a ferry from Doolin to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Athlone.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Athlone, Ireland

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

The largest town on the River Shannon has earned the moniker of Gateway to the West for its strategic location; visitors are attracted to Athlone for its vibrant streets.
Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Athlone Golf Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and Shannon Banks Nature Trail Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Athlone side-trips: Multyfarnham Friary (in Multyfarnham), St. Colmcille Church (in Durrow) and Tullamore (Annaharvey Farm Equestrian Centre & Esker Hills Golf Club). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Tullynally Castle Gardens, play a few rounds at Glasson Golf & Country Club, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Loughcrew Estate, Gardens, Café, Adventure.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Athlone trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train from Inishmore to Athlone in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Athlone

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Golf · Parks

Side Trips

Galway, Ireland

— 3 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Get in touch with nature at Ireland's School of Falconry and Knockillaree Riding Centre. Aughnanure Castle and Royal Abbey of Cong will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Cong (Monk's Fishing House & The Hungry Monk Art and Craft Gallery), Gort (Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum, Coole Park Nature Reserve, &more) and Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, make a trip to Eyre Square, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Galway trip app.

Getting from Athlone to Galway by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Galway are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

Clifden, Ireland

— 2 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mannin Bay Blueway, buy something for everyone on your list at Hehirs Of Clifden, explore the historical opulence of Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then find your balance on the water with Real Adventures Connemara, and finally kick back and relax at Lettergesh Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Clifden online itinerary planner.

Drive from Galway to Clifden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Clifden

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Westport, Ireland

— 2 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On your second day here, play a few rounds at Westport Golf Club, get answers to all your questions at Clew Bay Heritage Centre, trek along Clew Bay Archaeological Trail, then stroll through Drummindoo Stud, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Westport trip planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Sligo, Ireland

— 2 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at W.B.Yeats Statue. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Strandhill Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeats's Grave, steep yourself in history at The High Cross, cast your line with Sligo Boat Charters, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosses Point Loop Walk, and finally play a few rounds at County Sligo Golf Club.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sligo day trip planner.

You can drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Westport in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sligo, with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Sligo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Letterkenny, Ireland

— 1 night
As an economic center of the region, Letterkenny has suffered overdevelopment, but its thriving student and young-professional population brings good food, accommodations, and nightlife.
Planning Letterkenny trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Drive from Sligo to Letterkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Letterkenny can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Bushmills.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Historic Sites · Spas · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 9th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, then sample the fine beverages at Bushmills Distillery, then kick back and relax at Bushfoot Strand, and finally play a few rounds at Bushfoot Golf Club. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Kinbane Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ballycastle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castlerock Beach, then stroll through Portrush West Strand, and finally kick back and relax at East Strand.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bushmills journey planning tool.

Getting from Letterkenny to Bushmills by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carrickfergus.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Carrickfergus, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Carrickfergus, colloquially known as "Carrick", is a large town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, explore the historical opulence of Carrickfergus Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Broughshane Environment Waterfowl & Wildlife Trust, take in the awesome beauty at Slemish Mountain, then get a dose of the wild on Carnlough Bay Boat Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Ballygally Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Crawfordsburn Beach, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Beach Road Nature Reserve, then look for all kinds of wild species at Whitehead Conservation Area, and finally trek along Blackhead Path.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carrickfergus day trip planning website.

Getting from Bushmills to Carrickfergus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daily temperatures in Carrickfergus can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Carrickfergus

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 1 night

Fair City

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take a stroll through Temple Bar, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, examine the collection at Dublinia, then contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Sandymount Strand. Here are some ideas for day two: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then kick back and relax at Sandycove Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shankill Beach, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bray Head.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

Drive from Carrickfergus to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Dublin when traveling from Carrickfergus in June, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

County Wicklow travel guide

4.3
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Hiking Trails
Garden of Ireland
Referred to as The Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow presents a pleasant change of pace and scenery from nearby Dublin. Hugging the east coast just south of the capital city, the county encourages visitors to engage with nature. Discover an impressive mountain range, thick woodlands, and the scenic coastline. The Wicklow Way, the most popular walking route in Ireland, winds 132 km (82 mi) from the suburbs of Dublin to County Carlow in the south.

County Wexford travel guide

4.4
Lighthouses · Historic Sites · Parks
Model County
In the southeast of the province of Leinster, County Wexford brings to life traditional Irish singing and the weeks-long Wexford Opera Festival. Many of the region's traditional songs tell the story of the rebellion of 1798, in which the Irish fought against British rule in the country. The county also sports popular beaches and sand dunes regions, which support a rich wildlife and plant life. County Wexford also provides insight into the Irish sport of hurling.

County Limerick travel guide

4.2
Castles · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Named after its capital city, County Limerick celebrates its area of flat farmland, known for dairy production, which forms a part of Ireland's midwest region in the province of Munster. Although uncharacteristically flat for Ireland, the county is surrounded to the south and east by iconic rolling hills. The urban hub of an otherwise agricultural county, Limerick City is a tourist hotspot--packed to the brim with cultural festivals celebrating literature, music, and Irish culture.

County Clare travel guide

4.2
Lookouts · Castles · Caves
Banner County
Situated just below County Galway on Ireland's west coast, County Clare serves as an amalgamation of stunning and unusual landscapes. Known for some of the most-visited sites in Ireland, County Clare draws visitors with its dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Formed by the pounding waves of the Atlantic below, the sheer cliffs bring together green earth, sheer drop-offs and blue sea. Meaning "a rocky place," the Burren landscape provides a stark contrast to the traditional green hills of Ireland, appearing as a moonscape of rocky crags and slabs. Beyond the natural splendor, the warmth of the residents in the county's small villages is a gem in its own right. Traditional Irish music and culture permeates this land and its people.

County Westmeath travel guide

4.4
Nightlife · Castles · Distilleries
Lake County
Known for agriculture and farming, County Westmeath offers visitors a glimpse of Ireland from a small-town perspective. The county's largest town, Athlone, has only 20,000 people. The rest of the county's population is spread throughout small towns and villages at the very heart of the country. In recent years, gourmet restaurants have sprung up to serve homegrown beef and local dairy products to an increasing tourist population. Monastic ruins and museums provide the cultural backdrop to this farming county.

County Mayo travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Biking Trails · Scenic Drive
Along Ireland's west coast, County Mayo is characterized by small towns, dramatic seaside cliffs, and classic Irish hospitality. With no main city, the county instead offers a selection of charming towns and villages, giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in Irish culture at a slower pace. The unspoiled nature, from rugged islands and prehistoric landscapes to jagged cliffs and blanket boglands, are a highlight here.

County Sligo travel guide

4.2
Mountains · Cemeteries · Beaches
Yeats County
County Sligo draws visitors with stunning nature, distinct culture, and literary importance. In the northwest of Ireland, the county lies close to the border with Northern Ireland. This vantage point gives it a closer connection to the relations and tensions between the original Republic and the newly partitioned Northern Ireland. Despite cold temperatures, visitors come for surfing and other water activities such as stand-up paddling. The county's literary legacy begins with famous manuscripts written in medieval times, such as "Book of Ballymote," and "Annals of the Four Masters," among others. The legacy continues into the 20th century with poet Willliam Butler Yeats, whose poems were inspired by the landscape of northern Sligo.